Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 7 months ago

what does having a little neanderthal dna as a human mean?

Update:

origins?

diet?

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Indeed it means that you are human. You could ask about any "mixture" - no present human on Earth has totally "pure" ancestry if you go back far enough. Not forgetting that all homo sapiens started in eastern Africa, with dark skins.

  • 7 months ago

    It means that we are both Humans, just different kinds.

    Caucasoids & Mongoloids have a small amount of Neanderthal DNA, as there was mixing with the Neanderthals in ancient times.

  • That our definition of human should include neanderthals.

  • JimZ
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    It means that one of your great great great ..add a thousand(s) greats....grandfathers (most likely) took a Neanderthal bride more than 50 thousand years ago. Neanderthals were already adapted to the colder climate of Eurasia and so presumably passed along some of the adaptations to those of us with Neanderthal DNA which is everyone outside of SubSaharan Africa. East Asians apparently have a slightly higher percentage maybe due to a second hybridizing with Neanderthals.

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  • 7 months ago

    In Eurasia, interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans took place several times. Neanderthal-derived DNA was found in the genome of contemporary populations in Europe and Asia. It accounted for 1–4% of modern genomes, although estimates may vary. Neanderthal-derived ancestry is absent from most modern populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • 7 months ago

    It means that you have benefited from DNA that they passed on to you. Neanderthals were actually very smart in terms of evolution, such as use of tools and so forth. When people migrated out of Africa, they mated with the Neanderthals, and then when they moved east, they mated with the Denisovans, another extinct branch of our ancestry. Today, people from Asia carry DNA from both these groups and have benefited from both. Most people with European ancestry only carry Neanderthal DNA, not Denisovan. The only people on Earth who do not have either are sub-Saharan Africans.

    There is some controversy about what benefits Neanderthal DNA has passed down to us, but some theorize that Neanderthal DNA has increased cognitive function in those who carry it, among other things.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Means you're human (and probably Caucasian as that race tends to have higher percentages of Neanderthal DNA).

    • JimZ
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      Actually east Asians average more Neanderthal DNA. They also have more Denisovan

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    Ėxâcťly as it sounds that some folk

    have ancesors who mated wih them while

    other's do not pretty sraigh forward to me

    ťbh wy!

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    It means they were the same species as we are.

    The amount does not mean anything about what you can/should (not) eat

  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    we are all about 2 - 3 % Neanderthal

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